This shot always intrigued us as it looks very industrial…somewhat like a futuristic factory. As you know, it is a Carb from a Hotrod! Back to the Good Guys 2011 show…so much good material. Maybe one day we will make their magazine cover! It is somewhat ironic that a shot from another show highlighting the V8 symbol was on their Midwest Magazine front page. We immediately, upon seeing this, said, we composed a similar shot in California! (And better in our humble opinion). Now a bit about Carbs!
The word carburetor comes from the French carbure meaning “carbide”. Carburer means to combine with carbon. In fuel chemistry, the term has the more specific meaning of increasing the carbon (and therefore energy) content of a fuel by mixing it with a volatile hydrocarbon.
The carburetor works on Bernoulli’s Principle: the faster air moves, the lower its static pressure, and the higher its dynamic pressure. The throttle (accelerator) linkage does not directly control the flow of liquid fuel. Instead, it actuates carburetor mechanisms which meter the flow of air being pulled into the engine. The speed of this flow, and therefore its pressure, determines the amount of fuel drawn into the airstream.
When carburetors are used in aircraft with piston engines, special designs and features are needed to prevent fuel starvation during inverted flight. Later engines used an early form of fuel injection known as a pressure carburetor.
Most production carburetted (as opposed to fuel-injected) engines have a single carburetor and a matching intake manifold that divides and transports the air fuel mixture to the intake valves, though some engines (like motorcycle engines) use multiple carburetors on split heads. Multiple carburetor engines were also common enhancements for modifying engines in the USA from the 1950s to mid-1960s, as well as during the following decade of high-performance Muscle Cars fueling different chambers of the engine’s Intake Manifold.